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Schneider to start Thursday as Luongo takes a seat

Feb 6, 2013, 4:09 PM EDT

Roberto Luongo, Cory Schneider Getty Images

Cory Schneider (2-2-0, .897 SV%) will be back in Vancouver’s goal tomorrow in Minnesota for the first time since a 4-1 loss at San Jose on Jan. 27.

Roberto Luongo — the goalie Schneider was supposed to replace this season as the Canucks’ number one — has started the past four games, going 3-0-1 while surrendering just five goals.

All the while, Luongo has continued to be the subject of trade rumors, making his string of consecutive starts the major topic of conversation around the team.

On Monday — the same day Luongo was named the NHL’s third star of the weekSchneider’s agent urged a resolution to the team’s goaltending issue.

Schneider’s season got off to a rough start when the 26-year-old was pulled in the Canucks’ first game after allowing five goals on 14 shots. He’s had a couple of strong performances since then, including a shutout over the Ducks on Jan. 25. But Luongo, 33, has been the better of the two.

“These are very unique circumstances,” Canucks GM Mike Gillis said Tuesday on Vancouver radio. “(Cory) knows our level of commitment to him. He knows how much we believe in him. And I know when he gets in the nets next, he’s not going to want to give it up. Just like Roberto.

“I don’t think it’s an issue at all inside our dressing room or with our team. We are completely conscious of ice time and how players are utilized and Cory is no different. But we have to win hockey games. We don’t have the luxury of. . . people’s feelings, as opposed to wins. We don’t have that luxury.”

  1. pftbillsfan - Feb 6, 2013 at 4:17 PM

    I remember when you guys were introduced as the new voices of pht. You were honest and upfront in your love and obsession with the Canucks. However I have not seen a single article on Tyler Myers, why Lindy Ruff hasen’t been fired, or anything remotely sufficient when it comes to Sabres coverage. Get your head in the game!!!!!

    • Mike Halford - Feb 6, 2013 at 5:06 PM

      Which one is Lindy Ruff again?

      BTW, these are from the last three days alone:

      http://prohockeytalk.nbcsports.com/2013/02/05/ehrhoff-out-tonight-with-undisclosed-muscle-injury/
      http://prohockeytalk.nbcsports.com/2013/02/04/sabres-hope-pardy-can-help-damaged-defense/
      http://prohockeytalk.nbcsports.com/2013/02/04/vanek-named-nhls-first-star-of-the-week/
      http://prohockeytalk.nbcsports.com/2013/02/03/vanek-stays-hot-but-sabres-keep-losing/

      • lordfletcher - Feb 6, 2013 at 5:19 PM

        HAHAH! OWNED!!!!

        Hey Mike, are you guys ever going to have a look up by team drop box like PFT has it. Curious question of the day. :)

        thanks

      • bigtganks - Feb 6, 2013 at 5:30 PM

        What’s with all the Sabres articles? Why don’t you ever talk about the Carolina Hurricanes!??!?!?!?

    • bigtganks - Feb 6, 2013 at 5:28 PM

      It’s about ratings, web hits and drawing people to the site. It’s not about being fair… More people care about the Canucks than they do about the Sabres. Why don’t we talk about the KHL or SEL here? It’s ProHockey too!! Gimme a break!

  2. krishavy3 - Feb 6, 2013 at 4:24 PM

    Make this up to be about Vancouver’s “goalie-drama” all you want. The fact of the matter is, Luongo has been terrible at the Xcel Center for a long freaking time. I’m sorry, but as bad as the Wild are playing right now, the Canucks wouldn’t stand a chance if they didn’t start Scneider. Stoked to see the new Wild line combos tomorrow night!

    • stakex - Feb 6, 2013 at 5:56 PM

      Luongo has been pretty much on fire so far this year…. I doubt the Canucks “wouldn’t stand a chance” with him in net.

    • spiciercheez - Feb 7, 2013 at 8:51 AM

      He’s got a point though…Luongo’s record at Xcel is awful. Pulled his last three starts there, 3-9-1 record and 3.56 GAA in his career. His own personal house of horrors haha.

  3. houseof666 - Feb 6, 2013 at 6:12 PM

    Can we not make it a big thing every time Vancouver makes a goalie change. It’s not the first time a team has had goalie 1A – 1B

    • Jason Brough - Feb 6, 2013 at 6:28 PM

      Bit more to the story than that.

  4. pftbillsfan - Feb 6, 2013 at 9:07 PM

    I stand corrected. Still nothing on firing Lindy.

    • blurwild - Feb 7, 2013 at 10:01 AM

      Number of articles since 1/1/13…

      Canucks – 18
      Sabres – 21

      Numbers don’t lie.

      Also, http://prohockeytalk.nbcsports.com/2013/02/06/lindy-ruff-states-the-obvious-we-need-to-win-games/

      If you’re looking for Buffalo only coverage, maybe try your local newspaper or tv station websites. PHT covers 30 teams, not just the teams you like.

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